|h/t Pauline Kael|
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Five years ago this month I boarded a plane in Newark, NJ and, after a layover in San Francisco, flew into the small airport in Ontario, CA. I had traveled across the country to attend something called Twitter Math Camp, which in the summer of 2015 was being held on the campus of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. It was difficult to explain to my family, friends and co-workers exactly what it was, or what I was going to be doing there, because I didn't really know myself. Was it a camp? Was it a conference? What does twitter have to do with it? How is it all organized? What I did know was that I was going to get to see some of the MTBoS people who had inspired me to explore new ways to teach math and who had supported and encouraged my attempts to blog about my experiences. I had never met any of them, and was more than a little apprehensive about what they would be like in person, and how welcoming the community in general would be. I had struck up an online friendship with Graham Fletcher, and he agreed to share a room with me and split what turned out to be a very small rental car. He was standing outside the terminal when I walked out with my bag, and we recognized each other immediately. I reached out my hand, but he shook his head, opened his arms, and gave me a giant bear hug that nearly crushed me to death.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The world's largest statisticians group added to a chorus of criticism this week against the recent hiring of two political appointees at the U.S. Census Bureau. The American Statistical Association says the appointments earlier this week of Nathan Cogley and Adam Korzeniewski to top posts even though they have little experience at the agency "are in direct conflict with the bureau's mission to ensure proper, accurate, and timely delivery of statistical information to the public." Cogley is a political science professor who wrote a series of opinion pieces against the impeachment of Donald Trump. Korzeniewski is a former campaign consultant to the pro-Trump YouTube personality known as "Joey Salads."
...the suppression of its findings and the murder of those who organized it was nothing less than the obliteration of the capacity for self-analysis. An authoritarian society, however, that is unable to form an idea of itself, whatever social engineering its leadership may have in mind, is doomed to the blind exercise of state violence.
Whether in the cities or on a river steamer, in a yurt in Kazakhstan or in a hotel in Leningrad... from different districts of the capital, from the capitals of the republics, from Kiev, from Ashbagat, from the Taiga and the Pacific ports, from the newly built suburbs. The armada of enumerators ...not only penetrated the furthest corners of the Soviet Union; it systematically explored the social landscape...(and) discovered a Soviet Union in miniature.
They're very well equipped to advance political interests, especially those of the Republican Party. That's their background and their career goals. It's unprecedented for two political appointees to be added to the bureau in the middle of a census count in the recent history of the Census Bureau.
Inspired by recent tweets from @Zakchamp and @K_Larsen_Teach, I am now collecting TURDs (truly unfortunate representations of data) for a “Fix That Graph” unit. Please deposit your submissions in the comments below 👇#MTBoS #iteachmath pic.twitter.com/RsDXsgjrqt— Andrew Gael (@bkdidact) June 25, 2020